Karen Knudstrup
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Karen Knudstrup, 78, passed away Saturday, September 16th, 2017. She is survived by her widow and partner of 52 years Diana Haskell of Chicago, brother Paul (Sue) Knudstrup and sister Kristine (Dale) Taylor, both of Michigan, children Avril (Joseph) Rutherford of Florida, Winston (Karen) Rysdahl of Chicago, Amiel (Kris) Rysdahl of Chicago and many relatives and friends. Karen was a Chicago Symphony chorister and an opera singer with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She was a Golden Apple Award winner and teacher at Phillips and Marshall High Schools and Kenwood Academy. Karen was also a protector. She protected the rights of teachers as a long-standing delegate of the Chicago Teachers' Union and the lives of her Sisters and Brothers in the United States Navy. Her service was at Church of the Ascension. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tree House Human Society: www.treehouseanimals.org.

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Sep. 30, 2017.
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September 24, 2019
Karen at Mozart House in Salzburg Christmas 1991
Donna Morein
Friend
September 24, 2019
Karen & Diana 1973 Lyric Opera of Chicago in Der Rosenkavalier
Donna Morein
Friend
September 24, 2019
She'll remain always in my heart! She was wonderful and very inspiring!
Donna Morein
Friend
September 16, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to Chris, Avril, Winston and Amiel on this very sad first anniversary of Karen's death. I first met Karen and Diana at Lyric Opera when I was an apprentice. I was new to Chicago, and they welcomed me with such kindness and hospitality; I'll always remember that. We stayed friends these many years. What a gift to have those two extraordinary people in my life. I love them and miss them.
Donna Morein
October 16, 2017
I am really sorry to learn about Karen's death. I was her student teacher at Kenwood and really enjoyed listening to her stories from her days as a singer and as a teacher. She touched many students'lives. I am honored to have known her.
Margarita (Sinclair) Levasseur
Friend
October 8, 2017
Karen Knudstrup was a truly remarkable educator. Nominally, she taught me eighth grade U.S. history. In reality she taught me how to engage critically with history, seek out primary sources, assess secondary sources, root myself in the history of my family, consider my own position in the social and historical structures I seek to analyze, and understand history as an ongoing process in which each of us has a role to play. I consider myself very, very lucky to have had Ms. Knudstrup as a teacher.
Joseph Hundley
October 2, 2017
At Kenwood
Wonderful teacher.
M Barr
Student
October 1, 2017
Awwwwww, she was my homeroom teacher in 7th and 8th grade. She was before her time when she had us do family histories.
Jamese McGee
Student
September 30, 2017
To the family of Karen Knudstrup. Please accept condolences from my family to yours in your time of grief.
Losing a loved one is not easy. When you feel its appropriate please read these text. These texts are very encouraging.
John 11:39-45
Blanks Family
September 30, 2017
My condolences to the family. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears prayers, Isaiah 59:1.
September 30, 2017
To the family of Karen Knudstrup. Please accept condolences from my family to yours in your time of grief.
Losing a loved one is not easy. When you feel its appropriate please read these text. These texts are very encouraging.
John 11:39-45.
Blanks Family
September 30, 2017
May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time.
Lynn
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